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  • RyanDS 9 Jul 2010 13:23:43 9,833 posts
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    Oh, and check if your local library does ebook rentals, might be cheaper. (Our one is currently in the process of implementing a scheme, some others are already live.)
  • boo 9 Jul 2010 13:40:30 11,935 posts
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    ryandsimmons wrote:
    HP Lovecraft

    /starts twitching

    Read some Lovecraft years ago - it was awful! The man could go three pages without punctuation of any kind!

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  • RyanDS 9 Jul 2010 13:43:15 9,833 posts
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    boo wrote:
    ryandsimmons wrote:
    HP Lovecraft

    /starts twitching

    Read some Lovecraft years ago - it was awful! The man could go three pages without punctuation of any kind!

    Depends what you read.

    The Shadow over Innsmouth I love, whereas I hated At the Mountains Of Madess. I do highly rate him, thought not to the extent that others do.

    For verbiose classics try Lord Dunstany, he was the Tolkein of his time, and just as famous, but is forgotten these days.
  • Deleted user 9 July 2010 13:51:47
    Ahhhh, Lovecraft. One day they'll make a decent film from one of his stories.
  • Deleted user 9 July 2010 13:53:33
    Henry James is a pimp.
  • boo 9 Jul 2010 13:54:24 11,935 posts
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    otto wrote:
    You cheeky monkey, didn't you do exactly the same thread last year? :D

    No, no, no. That was just looking for a list of good books to read. Now I'm looking for free stuff!

    MetalDog wrote:
    You paid for an ipad and now you're quibbling over the cost of books? =)

    /looks a bit sheepish

    Fair point.

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  • Deleted user 9 July 2010 13:56:26
    boo wrote:
    ryandsimmons wrote:
    HP Lovecraft

    /starts twitching

    Read some Lovecraft years ago - it was awful! The man could go three pages without punctuation of any kind!

    Much like those other "awful" writers Cormac McCarthy and James Joyce.
  • BadDevotions 9 Jul 2010 13:57:07 509 posts
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    CrispyXUK64 wrote:
    Never finished Dracula, I always found it's structure difficult to stick with.

    agreed. I got about halfway through. it's not necessarily the structure that got me it was the language; it made the going very slow.

    i have recently read these classics and can recommend them.

    1984
    a brave new world
    life of Pi

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  • redistuo 7 Nov 2010 10:35:06 3 posts
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    If you're still looking

    Candide - Voltaire

    North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

    Tess of the D'urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
  • Mr-Brett 4 Jul 2013 17:56:45 12,894 posts
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    This seemed a like the most appropriate thread to exhume.
    Has anyone read Romance of the Three Kingdoms? I fancy giving it a go but I don't know if there's a definitive translation or if I should look for a version with maps or something.

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  • Deleted user 4 July 2013 18:09:18
    I tried to read it, but it's one of those ones you need to either have an eidetic memory or keep a notebook on standby to get anywhere with it. I gave up shortly after they introduced the fifty billionth character that had some impact in the story somewhere.

    Very much one of those "historical books that's only worth reading it to say you've read it" ones.

    Edited by meme at 18:09:55 04-07-2013
  • Inertia 4 Jul 2013 18:22:25 677 posts
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    Kafka - Josephine the singing mouse.
    Borges - The Aleph.
    Poe - A descent into the Maelstrom.
    Solzhenitsyn - One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
    Tolstoi - The Death of Ivan Ilyich.

    All pretty short and pretty great.
  • Mr-Brett 4 Jul 2013 19:07:19 12,894 posts
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    meme wrote:
    I tried to read it, but it's one of those ones you need to either have an eidetic memory or keep a notebook on standby to get anywhere with it. I gave up shortly after they introduced the fifty billionth character that had some impact in the story somewhere.

    Very much one of those "historical books that's only worth reading it to say you've read it" ones.
    Ah, I did wonder. I very much doubt I'd get on with it either then, cheers.

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